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Sydney School Is Teaching Teen Girls Important Life Skills Like Changing Tyres & Checking Oil Levels

Sydney School Is Teaching Teen Girls Important Life Skills Like Changing Tyres & Checking Oil Levels

They were also taught how to change a tire, how to effectively check tire pressure, how to best monitor oil and coolant levels, and how to react in the event of a car accident. 

Getting a proper education extends to areas of learning even outside the classroom. It is important for children to learn many life skills that will help them with day-to-day activities and problems, aside from bookish subject matter. A group of teenage girls in Australia were shown just that as they learned the importance of regular car maintenance, a vital life skill. Students in Year 11 at Stella Maris College in Manly, located across Sydney's northern coast, were taught how to change a tire, how to effectively check tire pressure, how to best monitor oil and coolant levels, and how to react in the event of a car accident. 



 

 

This wonderful initiative was done by long term Sydney 'car educators' Galmatic who reached out to the school in order to share this information earlier in the year. According to their website, the Galatic all-female team of four "specialize in helping Australian women and teenagers feel comfortable behind the wheel through our hands-on car maintenance workshops and online courses." Galmatic has been run by Eleni Mitakos for the past 13 years and she was quick to emphasize that these hands-on workshops are not only for teenage girls. "Our fun workshops are interactive and hands-on. Run at your school to fit in with the school timetable, they offer practical skill-building that will last for life," they add on their website. "With 13 years’ experience teaching over 100,000 teenage high school students a year, we have developed a jam-packed workshop that is perfect for their ‘Life Skills’ program outcomes."



 

 

"We teach up to 100,000 teenagers a year in schools, across all parts of Sydney," Eleni told Daily Mail Australia. "The primary aim is for teenagers to feel comfortable behind the wheel. Ultimately they are driving very big vehicles which can be very expensive if not looked after properly. We can't stress enough to all our students you should never ignore a problem with your car, you need to address it for your own safety.". According to Amy Smith, the assistant principal for well-being at Stella Maris College, all the students who took part in the workshop found it to be a valuable exercise. They have a 2-hour hands-on basic car maintenance workshop that is for all ages. People don't need any special skills or prior knowledge and they are free to attend the workshop with their friends. 



 

 

"We had three groups of roughly 40 girls in what we call an incursion (event on school grounds)," she said. "The feedback was very positive, the ladies from Galmatic were very patient and thorough in what they were explaining. All the teaching staff and our principal Elizabeth Carnegie felt a workshop like this would be beneficial for many reasons, mainly skills the girls need to learn before they leave school. It was also important to show the girls that they have the capabilities to handle situations themselves once they are on the road, rather than rely on someone else."



 

 



 

 

The initiative was popular among the students and had a good reception with everyone. A number of people on Channel 9 Today's Facebook page have been impressed with the workshop. One user posted it was a "fantastic idea", with another suggesting knowing a car inside out is a vital life skill for any teenager, alongside "cooking, sewing, and taxes." Meanwhile, on Galmatic's website, one happy workshop attendee wrote: “Your course is excellent and it was so helpful. Turned out my oil was almost empty and the coolant as well. Without the workshop, I would have kept driving around with no idea I was about to blow my engine! Thank you!! Can’t wait to check my oil."



 

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